Canadian History CH2D
Midterm Exam: Part 1
Prove or Disprove: Canada was tolerant and equitable society in the 20s and 30s.
The Unspoken Blindness
Canada was intolerable towards women, first nations, and immigrates. Women's rights and freedoms were close to non-existent in th e 20s and 30sDuring the 20's women who had gained employment from the war were being pushed to give up their jobs to the returning men. They were still fighting to advance in their jobs and gaining access to work in professions like medicine, law, and engineering. It was only in 1929 that women were declared people under the Supreme Court and could be appointed to the Senate. (Hoogeveen)The women who did get jobs faced discrimination as the belief that women could not handle these responsibilities was still very extensive. "A women wouldn't know what to do a vote if she had one'" wrote Emily Carr in one of her cartoon's. Society believed females couldn't handle the demands of the working world and yet they forcefully insist that they should bear more than three children, raise them, educate them, care for their household, and cook. It's the fear of what women wouldn't be able to do that makes men blind to the benefits and fuels women's drive to make an impact. Immigrants were discriminated and treated worse than second class citizens. Canada's need in this time period to shape what the ideal Canadian citizen was drove them to enforce unimaginable laws and commit unforgivable acts. African Americans were sent to separate schools and faced despicable discriminated. The government even issued a statement that they were "unsuited to the climate of Canada." Chinese immigrants were required to pay a head tax as they were ideal to do hard labour low income jobs and live in poverty but weren't wanted among the general population. The Komagata Maru was a ship with Indian passengers on their way to Vancouver from Asia. When...